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Cassette Tapes: The Birth, Rise, Fall and Comeback??

  First it was vinyl, and now it’s cassettes that all the cool kids want, as nostalgia takes over the music world. It seems both those brought up with endless streaming options and those of a certain vintage who remember them with affection are returning to the humble cassette, helped by the once ubiquitous Sony Walkman appearing in hit movies and tv series. Sales in both the U.S. and U.K. have hit new highs, with apocalypse series The Last of Us the most recent to bring retro chic to the cassette. The total number of sales have risen from 3,823 in 2012 to more than 195,000 in 2022 and still growing in 2024.  The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks have been big wins in every sense, but they’ve sold exceptionally well when looking at one specific format–one which many assumed was dead until not too long ago. According to Billboard, using data shared by Luminate, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive seller on cassettes in the U.S. in 2023. In fact, it wasn’t just one soundtrack from th

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